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Closer Look at Contemporary Cotswold Conversion

March 21

This extensive restoration, part reconstruction and conversion of a former derelict barn and cattle shed - on an enviable hilltop location in the Cotswolds – resulted in a stunning, six-bedroom, countryside getaway. 

Retaining the original barn forms and stonework façade, the new design – arranged around a courtyard space – presents a contemporary extension, with black ‘hit and miss’ boarding, zinc roof and wrap around Crittall glazing. Large open plan, light-filled living areas – including a bespoke kitchen / diner by @Kitchen Architecture – enjoy long-distance views of the gardens and surrounding landscape. 

A sculptural staircase at the core of the plan, provides architectural and artistic drama, as well as being a functional space divide, between living areas. Throughout, exposed steel beams and timber trusses unite rural architecture with accents of light industrial design – woven together with steel frame Crittall windows. This meeting of styles follows through with eclectic interior architecture and design, working alongside the extremely talented @NiaMorrisStudio – whose elegant, tactile and hardwearing materials were carefully selected to withstand the wear and tear of an outdoors country lifestyle.

There’s often a misconception that modern design can be stark, cold and ‘urban’. Through a carefully selected material palette and sensitive design approach, a warm and contemporary, rural aesthetic can be achieved. 

Thanks to CAD Joinery, Town & Country Flooring, @Cotswold Casements and WG Carter.